Bloggers & their Cars Part II: Changing Break pads

An adventure of frustrating proportions; in a previous post we mentioned how whilst at the Kia Service Center, the mechanic shared some grievous news – the break pads were at 15% capacity and should be changed ASAP. Having read the price list earlier, the labor charges for changing the break pads (sans actual parts) was KD 13.500.

In situations such as these, and given the crucial nature of the part in question, the only other available option is to purchase the original part and have any outside mechanic replace it.

A quick search on Google pointed towards Al-Mailem being an authorized Kia spart parts dealer.

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The dealer was located on Canada Dry St. Kuwait’s hub for all things vehicle related.

Upon visiting the shop, I informed him of the make and model of my car and received my break pads, paid for them (discounted price), and departed. Little did I know, I should have asked if the dealer also performs mechanic duties. It would have saved me a painstaking amount of effort, as I would soon realize.

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The parts in Question

Having changed break pads for my previous vehicle elsewhere, like a creature of habit I went back to the same person. I was told I would be charged 8KD total (2KD per tire), so I said, fine.

Up goes the car!

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The front break pads showed significant wear – the original (right) next to the new (left); I was not aware that break pads are made of a type of coal!

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And then the head ache began! Apparently, the rear break pads were incorrect! How that works is beyond me, as both pads were meant for the model of my car! The mechanic slipped the old part into the bag and asked me to go to where I had purchased it and exchange it (unfortunately for me, there was a shop next to the mechanic that I had checked first, and they had no stock, they pointed me out to the shop from where I got the part, which was quite a distance down the road – I was near the banks road, and it was directly opposite McDonald’s if you are aware of the topography of Canada Dry St. a.k.a the 3rd Ring Road).

I ended up having to take a bus to get there, and find them closed, much to my chagrin. Another bus ride back saw me paying the mechanic 4KD only for changing the front break pads, and putting off the rear for another day.

I went back to the shop yet again and discovered a shocking revelation: the break pads required for my vehicle were for a NEWER MODEL! IMAGINE THAT! How does that even make sense?! I have 2011 model car, the front pads were 2011, the rear however were 2013 according to the salesman!

Fortunately, the dealer had a mechanic on hand who would change the pads, and he only charged me 2KD, meaning the guy I was at earlier was a crook who fleeced me for double the price! Its the tire shop at the intersection of the airport road (route 55) and the 3rd Ring Road, right at the traffic light. Do not go there!

And that is the adventure.

 

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